Don Sebastian Ruiz is murdered by outlaws leaving his son Pablo patron of the Ruiz hacienda. By failing to leave a will, Don Sebastian has left the fate of the hundred year old Ruiz Grant in legal limbo. Henry and Angelina, along with Jean and Catherine, head for New Mexico to pay their last respects to the Don and help Pablo hunt down his father’s killers. Meanwhile, gunfighter and hired killer Alex Cassidy rides into Fort Collins and recognizes Jenny from her imprisonment at ...
Don Sebastian Ruiz is murdered by outlaws leaving his son Pablo patron of the Ruiz hacienda. By failing to leave a will, Don Sebastian has left the fate of the hundred year old Ruiz Grant in legal limbo. Henry and Angelina, along with Jean and Catherine, head for New Mexico to pay their last respects to the Don and help Pablo hunt down his father’s killers.
Meanwhile, gunfighter and hired killer Alex Cassidy rides into Fort Collins and recognizes Jenny from her imprisonment at Madame Min’s in Denver. When she refuses his advances he spreads lies about her past, splitting the town for and against their new school teacher. On learning of the accusations Jeb turns in his deputy’s badge and walks into Larry Pruitt’s whiskey hole to confront his wife’s accuser.
When Henry makes a desperate ride back to the canyon to gather his brothers to help Pablo protect his inheritance, they join together and head for New Mexico. In a bold move against Pablo’s challengers, the men put 1,600 head of Ruiz cattle on the Goodnight Trail bound for the ranches of Ian Pelletier, and Clint Rush.
While the crew fights the herd north, Jean and Henry pit wits against an unscrupulous ex-army Colonel for control of Pablo’s land, and men across Wyoming and Colorado are talking about the fast gun of Jeb Pelletier.
Mountain men, Voyageurs, pioneers, and explorers make up the branches of Dave’s family tree. His mother’s side was from Canada where the men plied the fur trade in the Canadian wilderness. Others moved down into the wilds of Northern Minnesota and established trading posts among the Chippewa.
On his father’s side were veterans of the War of 1812, and the Spanish American War. His natural grandfather died out West while working as a telegrapher for the railroad. His step grandfather, born in the 1800’s, was Blackfoot Indian from Montana. He was a hunter and horseman who brought a great deal of Old West influence into the Fisher family.
As a lifelong Westerner Dave inherited that pioneer blood and followed in the footsteps of his ancestors. Originally from Oregon, he worked cattle and rode saddle broncs in rodeos. His adventures have taken him across the wilds of Alaska as a horsepacker and hunting guide, through the Rocky Mountains of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado where he wrangled, guided and packed for a variety of outfitters.
Dave weaves his experience into each story. His writing, steeped in historical accuracy and drawing on extensive research, draws his readers into the story by their realism and Dave’s personal knowledge of the West, its people, and character. As an example the inspiration for his popular Poudre Canyon Saga series came from an ancestral Canadian family of twelve sons, all voyageurs and trappers. Two of the sons ventured to the Rocky Mountain West in the 1820’s to trap and were never heard from again. The Saga is based on what might have become of those two men.
With over 400 works published, Dave’s accomplishments and credits include: Winning two Will Rogers Medallion Awards, one for Western Fiction with his collection of short stories Bronc Buster – Short Stories of the American West and again for Western Humor with The Auction Horse. In addition he has won 8 People’s Choice Awards for western short stories. He is also the author of 13 novels and books, over 70 published short stories, and has been included in 15 anthologies.
You can learn more about Dave’s background and writing at his website: www.davepfisher.com